I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my Type A personality. I have fought it for years, but I am who I am. I try to be mindful and avoid getting wound too tight but when things are stressful I lose perspective. Case in point, recently I was dealing with a list of work projects a mile long and panicking about making the most of my last few months in London. Item #45 scribbled on my to-do list read “buy train tickets for England day trips through July.” Upon reflection, I realize how unnecessary that was, but in the moment I just wanted to get it done so I could have some small sense of victory in the battle of Jen vs. Unrealistic To-Do List.
So I did the irrational thing and booked train tickets to several English towns in bulk without researching the destinations. And that’s the story of how I traveled to Lincoln, England a mere two months before its main attraction, a Norman castle with an original signed copy of the Magna Carta, reopened after a £22 million renovation project. A classic rookie mistake.
Despite my planning faux pas discovered en route the morning of our trip, I enjoyed seeing Lincoln with three friends who came along with me. Note to self: I owe them a return trip in April when the castle reopens.
Lincoln is adorable and compensated for its castle closure with a 3rd century Roman arch, a 900 year-old Gothic cathedral, and dozens of well-stocked boutiques for my retail therapy.
The city is easily walkable and home to an award-winning street, aptly named “Steep Hill” which leads you from the train station up towards the castle and cathedral quarter.
I highly encourage you to visit Lincoln if you’re looking for a unique day trip from London. If you go after April, feel free to brag to me about how amazing the castle is.
Know Before You Go:
- The train journey from London to Lincoln takes approximately 2 hours each direction. Our route stopped in Peterborough where we switched trains. Find route times and prices at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
- The castle is currently closed for renovations until April 1st, 2015. Confirm it will be open at www.lincolncastle.com/ before your visit.
- Learn more about the history of Lincoln and what’s on in this cute little town at www.visitlincoln.com/.
- Not sure what the Magna Carta is? I wasn’t either until moving to London. History lesson here.